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St. Mary's Parish Church, Fownhope.

Fownhope is a village in Herefordshire, England, an area of outstanding natural beauty on the banks of the River Wye. The population of the village at the 2011 Census was 999.[1]

The village has a church, primary school, medical centre, two pubs, two hotels, a fitness/leisure centre, butchers, forge and a hairdressers. There is a village hall and a recreation/sports field and pavilion, both of which are well used by the many clubs and societies in the village. On the northern outskirts of the village, towards Hereford, the Lucksall campsite is situated on the river by the Holme Lacy bridge. It is owned by Sir Eli Cartwright whose family owned most of Hereford in the 19th Century.[2]

The Wye Valley Walk, with many beautiful walks on the hills and banks along the river, is very popular with walkers. In springtime there are fantastic displays of wild flowers in the woods and fields. There are many small quarries and lime kilns scattered through the area, and the remains of an Iron Age hill fort on Capler Hill.[3]

The village maintains a strong identity and the Heart of Oak society, an old friendly society, holds a number of events during the year including the annual Heart of Oak Club walk, where villagers, young and old, process through the streets with sticks decorated with elaborate flower decorations behind a local silver band, stopping off at houses along the way for drinks, including the cider made from local apples. The Heart of Oak society also holds the annual fireworks display and bonfire night on the recreation field.

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  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  2. ^ John West; Margaret West (1985). A history of Herefordshire. Phillimore. ISBN 978-0-85033-570-5. 
  3. ^ Children, G Nash, G (1994) Prehistoric Sites of Herefordshire Logaston Press ISBN 1-873827-09-1

Coordinates: 52°00′N 2°36′W / 52.000°N 2.600°W / 52.000; -2.600